Vaughan invests in cricketing shoe firm Payntr

Former Ashes winning England captain Michael Vaughan has become a shareholder in Leeds-based cricket shoe business Payntr as he looks to make the sport more colourful.

Natalie Duffield, CEO of InTechnologyWifi, at their Harrogate office.

From adversity to the top of the technology industry for CEO

Natalie Duffield, CEO of InTechnologyWiFi, lost her mother at an early age. She tells Ismail Mulla how that spurred her on in her career as she strived to become independent.

Rowena Houston, head of the Leeds office for Investec Wealth & Investment at Quayside House, Canal Wharf in Leeds. The firm will be moving from there to 3 Wellington Place. Picture: James Hardisty.

Investec to move Leeds office to 3 Wellington Place

Wealth management firm Investec Wealth & Investment is set to relocate to larger premises in Leeds as it looks to cater for client growth and accommodate more staff.

Pictured (l-r) - Jonathan Fisher and Daniel Hammond of Andrew Jackson Solicitors with Burton Roofing's managing director, Paul Hattee; Lee Hustwait, finance director; and Andrew Cowham, operations director

Hull-based roofing materials distributor agrees deal for merchants

A distributor of roofing materials based in Hull has acquired a fellow independent roofing merchant as it aims to become a truly national business.

Kelly-anne Watson and John Goodwin from Leeds Beckett Students' Union.

Scrap unpaid internships, Leeds Beckett Students’ Union urges

Employers are being urged to ditch unpaid internships and treat young people with more respect by a student organisation.

Morrisons. Photo credit: Mikael Buck/Morrisons/PA Wire

Morrisons still the fastest rising of Big Four supermarkets

British supermarkets have reached two years of consecutive growth with Bradford-based Morrisons keeping the title of fastest growing big four grocer, according to industry data.

One Park Row in Leeds sold for £35.6m

One Park Row in Leeds sold for £35.6m

Prime office space One Park Row in Leeds city centre has been sold to investment management firm CCLA for a price of £35.6m.

11 June 2018.......... Richard Slee the CEO of Adare SEC in Huddersfield. Picture Scott Merrylees

The Jack of all trades who learned how to be master of all

The business career of Richard Slee has been fast-moving and he now finds himself the chief executive of print company Adare SEC. Business reporter Ismail Mulla managed to catch up with him.

Leeds-based FluidIT was launched in 2015 by Jonty Abbott (right) and Gareth Murphy (left).

FluidIT sets sights on changing the perception of consultants

An IT change management consultancy is looking to more than double in size over the next year as it aims to change the perception of consultants.

Asda, Owlcotes, Leeds. 'Picture: James Hardisty

Asda says its future still lies in Leeds despite rumours that city offices will close in a year

Leeds-based supermarket Asda has issued a reassurance that its future lies in the city, following speculation surrounding a potential tie-up with Sainsbury’s.

Coldplay. Photo: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Setting the stage to create city’s first university

A production cluster for the live events industry is aiming to become the equivalent of Pinewood Studios and hopes to establish the first university in Wakefield.

Victoria Tomlinson

Providing the next step for top bosses

Bosses leaving top roles can add value to the economy and society with their expertise, according to the founder of a new venture helping former executives in the next stage of their careers.


Life is sweet but the aim is to stay one step ahead of competition

William Whitaker is the man at the helm of the family chocolate business which has been going for 130 years and is now sending its treats around the world. He spoke to Ismail Mulla.

Chief Minister of Haryana, Manohar Lal Khattar, pictured at Merrion House, Leeds...14th May 2018 ..Picture by Simon Hulme

Call for greater trade links with India

Britain should deploy a “more liberal” policy towards the movement of people from India, in order to take advantage of a growing talent base, according to the chief minister of a Northern Indian state.

Groovy Moo opens new facility and spreads the word on gelato

Groovy Moo opens new facility and spreads the word on gelato

An artisan gelato manufacturer is looking to expand its wholesale operations following the opening of a new production facility.

30 April 2018......... Graham Cooper site manager at Agfa Graphics in east Leeds. Picture Scott Merrylees

Sector to throw open doors to the young

Manufacturers are being encouraged to open their doors to young people in order to help change perceptions of the industry during a month-long festival.

Sarah Dear:  'We need to make children aware of the opportunities in the creative industries.'

Technology that is helping to make things better by design

Sarah Dear has seen a lot changes in the design industry during her career but the lack of talent now coming through is something she is determined to address. She spoke to Ismail Mulla.

CurePharma founders, Mustafa Al-Shalechy (left) and business development manager, Ali Alshamari.

Wetherby firm CurePharma opens office in Doha

Two pharmacists who set up a business to help make medicine more accessible across the Middle East have opened a new office in the capital of Qatar.

Chris Black, managing director of Sound Leisure, at the pop-up store in Victoria Gate, Leeds. Picture: Simon Hulme

Positive verdict from jukebox jury for Sound Leisure group

Chris Black is at the helm of a company that continues to produce some musical nostalgia but has also adpated it to the demand of modern day technology. He spoke to reporter Ismail Mulla.

At the crease: Jeff Wilson launched Viking Cricket three years ago and wants to preserve the art of making bats by hand. Picture: Tony Johnson.

Viking aims for a lengthy innings

A start-up cricket brand is looking to preserve the art of bat making by taking on apprentices to learn the trade.

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